We stayed in the suburbs of Xalapa at a Hotel One, directly across from a gigantic mall complete with a Gap, a Sears and a Chili’s. Within an hour of arriving in Xalapa, we had a couple Old Timers with cheese in our hands and they were sub-par, just like in the United States. I should have known better, but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to eat lunch at a chain restaurant after eating food that people actually made for three months.

In order to get to anything interesting, we had to take a taxi to the city center. Since this was the last leg of our trip, the money situation did not allow for any big nights on the town. Maybe next time. Even though our funds forced us to repeatedly eat at a restaurant with buy-one-get-one-free tacos al pastor, we did make our way to the Museo de Antropología de Xalapa. The main attraction is MAX’s collection of massive Olmec heads, but there is much more to see including the property itself. It’s difficult to take it all in and the photos do not convey how impressive the museum’s holdings and grounds actually are.

Since the coffee grown in the state of Veracruz is world-famous, we purchased a kilo of coffee from a local coffee roaster in Xalapa’a city center. Since being back in the U.S., we have been very stingy with the coffee. If you visit my home, it will not be readily offered to you.  I’m sorry, but you will have to go and get your own.

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view from the park in the center of Xalapa

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the Grim Reaper entertaining a young lady in front of the Catedral Metropolitana de la Immaculada Concepción de Xalapa

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a wall outside the market

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part of the campus at Universidad Veracruzana

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turtles in the pond at Universidad Veracruzana

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shopping cart outside the Chedraui near the hotel

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from the hotel window

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the suburbs

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the mall

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one of the many Olmec heads

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three more Olmec heads

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headless chacmool

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looking through the museum window

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